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What is Madaris Volunteer Program?
The Madaris Volunteer Program (MVP) aims to improve the quality of education in the Bangsamoro areas of the Philippines by fostering a new environment of shared learning, respect, and cooperation between and among Islamic and Catholic schools. Madaris Volunteers serve the poorest communities of the ARMM, whose literacy rate consistently ranks as the lowest in the country. The schoolchildren whom the Madaris Volunteers serve have been victims of armed conflict and a decades-long historical disenfranchisement that still persists today. The program is an initiative of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP), and is implemented by Ateneo de Davao University through its strategic partnerships with the Bureau of Madaris Education (BME), the National Association for Bangsamoro Education, Inc. (NABEI), and the Regional Government of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The MVP provides volunteer teachers to privately managed Islamic schools, conducts various trainings for madaris teachers and administrators, and advocating peacebuilding through education and friendship.
How and when do volunteers apply?

Online volunteer applications for the school year 2018-2019 can be found here. Applications must be submitted by 15 May 2018. The application review process begins as soon as an application is received. Only selected applicants will be contacted for an interview with the MVP, and only qualifed applicants will be notifed of their acceptance into the program. Accepted and matched Madaris Volunteers begin their full-time, ten-month-long immersion in June of every year.

What are the qualifications of a Madaris Volunteer?

In order to be considered, applicants should be:

  • At least 21 years old
  • A graduate of any college course
  • In good physical, emotional, and psychological health
  • Willing to live in conservative Muslim communities
  • Open to experiences of other religions and cultures

The Madaris Volunteer Program is looking for self-motivated and mature individuals who have a desire to engage in interreligious and intercultural dialogue as a way of building peace in the Bangsamoro area.

We are open to applicants from all faith traditions, and cultural backgrounds. Fluency in Maguindanaoan is not a requirement. Graduates of the member-schools of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines are encouraged to apply.

How long is the MVP commitment? When does it start?

The MVP requires a ten-month commitment. All accepted volunteers gather at Ateneo de Davao University in May of every year for training and orientation. After training, volunteers are deployed to their assigned Bangsamoro communities. Madaris Volunteers stay in their assigned communities from June to March.

Do volunteers get paid?
No. Since the Madaris Volunteers are already supported by chosen host families in Bangsamoro areas, they are provided by the program with only a modest monthly stipend, and communication allowance. Volunteers are also enrolled in medical insurance policies during their volunteer year. Accommodations and travel expenses to and from training and formation sessions hosted by the MVP are also shouldered by the program.
Where do the Madaris Volunteers live?
Madaris Volunteers stay with chosen host families in their assigned Bangsamoro communities. These host families will provide modest meals, and spartan accommodations for the Madaris Volunteers. The MVP conducts a yearly assessment of Bangsamoro areas to make sure that the Madaris Volunteers are housed in safe and accessible homes.
Where do the Madaris Volunteers serve?

Madaris Volunteers serve the poorest communities of the ARMM, whose literacy rate consistently ranks as the lowest in the country. Madaris Volunteers serve in a madrasah, or a traditional Islamic school that teaches the Qu’ran, Arabic language and Islamic values. The MVP’s partner madaris are privately managed institutions that integrate the Islamic traditional curriculum with the Department of Education’s prescribed curriculum.

Madaris Volunteers teach DepEd-mandated subjects (such as Science, Math, English and History) to school-aged children in
madaris, engage in interreligious dialogue with Bangsamoro communities, and advocate peacebuilding through education and friendship.

The program has eleven (11) partner madaris in Cotabato City, Lamitan City, and Maguindanao province catering students from underprivileged communities:

  • Dar Al-Uloom Wal Hikmah, Cotabato City
  • Iqra Foundation Academy, Cotabato City
  • Datu Ibrahim Pendatun Paglas III Foundation, Datu Paglas, Maguindanao
  • Gani L. Abpi Colleges, Datu Piang, Maguindanao
  • Markaz Al-Husaim, Datu Piang, Maguindanao
  • Mahad Saada Al Arabie Integrated School, Datu Salibo, Maguindanao
  • Mohammad Bin Al-Dahirie Islamic Academy, Guindulungan, Maguindanao
  • Ibn Taimiyah Foundation Academy, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao
  • Madrasatul Al-Shellawe, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao
  • Madrasatuz Zehra School of Religious and Modern Science, Lamitan City, Basilan
What subjects will the Madaris Volunteers teach?

Madaris Volunteers teach DepEd-mandated subjects (such as Science, Math, English, and History) to school-aged children in selected pilot madaris in Bangsamoro communities.

Can the Madaris Volunteers choose the subjects that they will teach?

The MVP Staff will match the skills of the accepted volunteers with the teaching needs of each individual madrasah.

Do Madaris Volunteers have to be Filipino citizens?

The volunteer teaching opportunity of the Madaris Volunteer Program is currently only open to Filipino citizens. Kindly send the MVP staff an email should you wish to learn more about alternative volunteer opportunities for foreigners.

How does the program ensure the safety of the Madaris Volunteers?

Prior to volunteer deployment, the Madaris Volunteer Program ensures the safety of the volunteers’ areas of assignment by conducting a thorough social preparation and investigation that includes site visits, and extensive consultations with the Bangsamoro communities, local government, police and military units.

The program also maintains close coordination and partnerships with government security agencies, such as the Armed Forces of the Philippines (6th Infantry Division), the Philippine National Police Regional Offices for Cotabato and ARMM, the Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities for both the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

The program also conducts a regular threat analysis of its partner communities in the Bangsamoro, and a monthly monitoring of the welfare of its deployed volunteers. Madaris Volunteers are also trained in security protocols (travel restrictions, curfews, coordination with security agencies) that are strictly enforced during the duration of the volunteers’ deployment.

School year 2017-2018 is the first run of the Madaris Volunteer Program under the Mindanao-wide martial law, as declared by President Rodrigo Duterte under Proclamation No. 216. The third batch of volunteers deployed for school year 2017-2018 is currently finishing their ten-month-long volunteer stint without any security-related incident in their respective areas.

The Madaris Volunteer Program maintains their strict security protocols and close coordination with government security agencies in order to make sure that the present and future Madaris Volunteers will be able to safely deliver on their mission of building peace in the Bangsamoro through education and friendship.

How is faith and spirituality exercised in the program?

The MVP encourages tolerance, understanding, and appreciation of religious diversity. In the program, the Madaris Volunteers are asked to engage in interreligious and intercultural dialogue with their host families, students, and other members of their communities, to affirm the compassion common to all persons regardless of religious and cultural beliefs.

Various formation sessions are conducted by the program to strengthen the Madaris Volunteer’s faith, spirituality, and ability to understand and appreciate religious diversity.

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